The Leader’s Playbook-6: Honor our Fallen

They were waiting for him when he arrived. They had never met him before but despite their difference in service, he was unquestionably their Brother.

They were six US Navy SEAL Officers.  One, an O-6 US Navy Captain, the Commander.  A second, the operations officer, a Lieutenant Commander and the other four were brand new BUDS graduates… all on their first deployment.  All 1st LTs or JGs.

As he arrived, they met him at the ramp to the emergency room door.  They moved silently, three to a side, and they, not the medical team, carried him into the ER where they surrounded him as the Chaplain read him his last rights.

When the Chaplin was done the Operations Officer ordered a hand salute… then for the next sixteen hours in 120-degree heat the young, brand new BUDS graduates, on their first deployment, stood the watch over him until the C-130 came to bring him home to his Family for the final time… their lives changed forever.

There are no words to express how the Brotherhood of War really works. As a Nation, we could not be more lucky to have American’s who selfless leave their families to go to war to protect us all… and give it all… and the Brotherhood and Sisterhood that serves alongside them every step of the way.

God Bless you and your Family… and thank you all beyond words.

NSDQ! Long Live The Brotherhood.

The Leader’s Playbook-5: Taking the time to think

We live in an incredibly saturating world now.  Technology is wonderful, but at times can be overwhelming.

Literally, by the second we are faced with smartphones, cable TV, the internet, tablets etc.  The onslaught of available inputs is out of control.  It is impossible now to actually be bored – as long as you have a signal and battery life.

One of the things I’m working on now is trying to cut away from these things.  To turn off my cell phone, step away from the internet… and simply and purely find the time to think, focus, and concentrate.  To focus on the essential and the vital, and to understand what is really essential, and equally important what is not.  I’m blocking time each day to do this.

Time is the most valuable thing in life…  and for me, I certainly need to constantly remind myself to concentrate and focus on the most vital and essential things.  I have a lot of room for improvement!

Book recommendation: Greg McKeown’s book “Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”.